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Hot Money

By: Dick Francis
Narrated by: Tony Britton
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Publisher's Summary

Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home, but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open.

When he find his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise. Soon he's playing the international blood stock market for incredible stakes. Not the safest bet for a man on the run from avaricious relatives. Particularly when one of them's got a bomb.

©1987 Dick Francis

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Another Dick Francis Great!

I'm a Dick Francis Fan, so seeing so many more added to the store has just made me so happy! This title I hadn't read until just last month, so seeing Audible has it, was great! I love Tony Britton's voice, and this story, while not completely on a racing incident, had racing peripherally in the story line. I loved the story of Ian reconciling with his father, and then learning about his zany family added to this one's charm. As to who was trying to kill Ian's father, it had me guessing til the end. For one to enjoy cuddled up maybe even with a friend, you can't go wrong with this book!

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Hot Money

Dick Frances never fails. And the reader is wonderful. The combination is unbeatable.

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GOOD SHOW!

Would you consider the audio edition of Hot Money to be better than the print version?

I liked this book! It was different, not your average cop-detective story, nor your run-of-the-mill who done-it. The characters are so realistic some of them could be my own brothers. I missed them once the story ended. It also paid respect to the police, not making them all out to be dumb-clucks. In fact, most of them were not only kind, but also had great intellectual input. It may have dragged a little, yet it always came back with flair. My first listen with this narrator, who also seemed to have a great intellectual input, along with female voices his own mother, should be proud of. Good Show!

What other book might you compare Hot Money to and why?

I have been reading who-done-its for thirty years, no other book compares to this. It's in a league of it's own. Original plot line, charactures and completely different approach to solving crime. I seems in crime writting today there is a standard routine to all of them, but not this one.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the night he went into the house and felt ....well..creepy. So creepy they left.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was particually moving when his father goes to his first race; nothing like it, he gets addicted.

Any additional comments?

I miss listening to this, I am addicted.

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  • 08-18-11

brilliantly narrated

I've listened to many of Dick Francis' novels and they are all terrific; Hot Money is no exception.

There is a lot of "character development" in this book, more so than anything short of Dostoyevsky. Yet Francis keeps it moving along exceptionally well.

What really set this book apart was the language. If you like British English, you'll absolutely love this one. Of course all of Francis' novels use British English, but this one somehow has an extra dose that almost made me feel like I was listening to P.G. Wodehouse. Tony Britton really brought this book to life wonderfully.

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Very pleasant

The story is about Malcolm, five wives, money-hungry relatives, an estranged son, and a murder. And, of course, horses. The story begins with the murder of Malcolm's newest wife, and an attempted murder of Malcolm himself. He turns to his son Ian for protection. Ian protects Malcolm and plays amateur detective at the same time. This story isn't the Ludlum genre: super criminals, roller coaster thrills, incomprehensible plots, and high drama in italics. Hot Money is easy to understand. It moves along gently, a canter, not a gallop (perhaps I mean that it's slow), But I'll probably listen to it again some time, because I enjoyed the pace. It's the sort of book that fills you with the leisurely glow of a holiday. The characters are alive. I could understand every bit of the plot, and I must confess that this is a sort of achievement for me. My earphones weren't unputdownable, but the prospect of picking them up was always pleasant. AND, the narration is excellent (how does he do it?)

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Great fun!

I usually don't read this type of book, but I have to say, it was great fun. Dick Francis takes you you on a fascinating, catch-me-if-you-can caper with the most dysfuctional (and hysterical) family the world has ever seen. It was really worth the credit. Great fun!

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Tony Britton hot narration

I don't know what he looks like and frankly who cares....but when Tony Britton utters the first line of this book you'll be hooked --- it's so thoroughly English, a touch snobby and (to me) the hysterically funny renditions of the Dick Francis stable of characters may spoil you for other books. Now I look for anything narrated by this man. A total junk food listen.

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Francis at his best

If you like action-adventure, Francis never let's you down. This is one of his best, allowing you to keep suspended and really identify with the hero's most frightening events. Take this one for a whirl!

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Outstanding

Once again Dick Franicis writes a riveting book with well developed characters! I could listen to Tony Britton all day.

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Hot Money

Ian Pembrook is son of a very wealthy, much married father who has been estranged from his father for 3 yrs. Now his Father Malcolm has asked Ian to help him discover who killed his money grabbing 5th wife and now is trying to him Malcolm. Suspects include his surviving ex-wives and his 8 children. Ian introduces his father to race horsing. Sends father to America and then to Australia to keep him safe. Fast paced. Ok

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  • AGR
  • 04-24-16

Production Issues

Really good story. Great performance. Be aware that the digital version was clearly created from aging masters because, at times, it is like listening to a poor cassette tape copy. If you are prepared to put up with that I'd still highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • 10-01-19

Hot Money

I have listened too a number of the dick francis books now on the advice of a friend, but till now I have not really been over impressed although excepted them But this was a really good book superbly performed by Tony Britton it was as though he really enjoyed it as well Where in other occasions he has not really wanted to perform a really excellent book and superb performance

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  • Fiona Gow-Howell
  • 05-14-18

fantastic story loved it. Tony Britton is good,

read all of the Dick Francis books over the years they are very compelling reads. Now in audio versions even better.

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  • mrs f ward
  • 06-24-22

Gripping

Tony Britton - a marvellous voice so evocative of perfect pronunciation - a terrific listen . More please.

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  • Jc
  • 05-18-22

Captivating

Enjoy the narrater with these books, captivating story line with enjoyable characters and a bit of racing thrown in

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-18-21

Another brilliant audio book!

Dick Francis excels again with the wonderful voice of Tony Britton. Such a great narrator and a good plot. What more does one need!

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  • carlo1954
  • 09-20-21

Poor quality recording

This audible book is a very poor quality recording. Crackles and faint noises in the background. Fades in and out with volume and clarity. Sometimes sounds as if narrator has descended into a cellar for some chapters. This spoils the telling of a good story.
I appreciate the recording must be very old and was probably on tape or CD originally but surely in this day and age it can be cleaned up to be a more professional offering. This does not meet audible’s usual standard of book.

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  • Jazz Piano
  • 03-23-21

A Truly Great Read

I read this book about 30 years ago and was thrilled to find it on Audible. It is a fantastic whodunnit and superbly narrated by Tony Britton. I will be downloading more Dick Francis!!

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  • Lisa
  • 03-21-21

Brilliant

Excellent story, writing, and narrator is so talented. couldn't put it down. Alround great book

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  • rogger
  • 09-24-20

always a great read..page after page.

just love these books..can't wait for the next one..have enjoyed reading for years..thank you very much

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  • Narelle Kennedy
  • 03-01-22

old Dick Francis never gets old

I loved it, performed so well. The story is twisty and entertaining with the enjoyable thread of the horses throughout.

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  • TerrierTops
  • 01-07-22

Brilliant plot, beautifully performed!

Tony Britton reads all the Dick Francis characters with absolute perfection. This one ranks among the very best of these stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-21

Engrossing and Entertaining

Thoroughly engrossing & entertaining entry from the Dick Francis stable. Great performance by the reader. But the recording was clearly done many years ago resulting in poor audio quality with background noise like a cassette. Would be 5 stars all round if that could be cleaned up.